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hypothesis

Pronunciation: hi-poth'e-sis

Definition: A conjecture advanced for heuristic purposes, cast in a form that is amenable to confirmation or refutation by conducting of definable experiments and the critical assembly of empiric data; not to be confused with assumption, postulation, or unfocused speculation.

[G. foundation, assumption fr. hypotithenai, to lay down]

See Also: postulate, theory

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